ac·​a·​de·​mia ˌa-kə-ˈdē-mē-ə How to pronounce academia (audio)
: the life, community, or world of teachers, schools, and education : academe
scientists in industry and academia
a career in academia

Example Sentences

She found the business world very different from academia.
Recent Examples on the Web Jack, known in academia by the decorative initials J.A.K., is the founder of the college’s department of Hitler Studies. A.o. Scott, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 The union says that lack of sufficient family support is contributing to a gender imbalance in academia, with disproportionately fewer women, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 These technologies, which have been in academia for decades and are used in some existing blockchains, promise to reconcile the competing claims of privacy and compliance in a more robust way than currently possible. Jai Ramaswamy, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2022 Talented people who don't have a background in academia are usually priced out of science, without access to academic research or networks. Saloni Dattani, WIRED, 25 Oct. 2022 Intriguingly, Britt had no background in academia when he was encouraged to apply to teach at UCSD by his daughter and a friend. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2022 And, although little noticed, monetarism in academia was being knocked off its pedestal because empirical studies were showing that monetary policy wasn’t all-important. Martin Sullivan, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 The topical play by Paul Grellong, about free speech in academia and the rise of white nationalism, wasn’t seaworthy, but Cranston’s presence was all that was required to turn this misbegotten drama into a hit. Charles Mcnulty, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2022 After his investigation concluded, Starr returned to private practice and took on a series of roles in academia. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 13 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


latinization of academy (with -ia suggesting a geographic entity), after its Latin etymon, Acadēmia

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of academia was in 1903

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“Academia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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